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  1. Ahmad Awais

    Yay! :) Congrats! Scott and all the fellow core contributors.

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  2. Amber

    Awesome!

    Anyone know what plugin was powering the taxonomy icon/colours in the new 4.4 video?

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  3. Peter Cralen

    Just watch your filename before you upload something to media library ;)

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  4. Relando Thompkins-Jones

    I’m wondering if there’s a way to have the wordpress site embeds open in a different tab or window after you click on them instead of leaving the site. Even when I link to my own posts, I’d rather the user click the link without having to leave the post completely.

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  5. Akpan Promise

    Updated to WP 4.4. It is AWESOME!.

    Still exploring it and the comments won’t even make have been redesigned.
    Big ups to the team.

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  6. Ron

    I will never, ever, ever understand why the WP team even bothers to create new themes.

    They all suck – bad. Twenty Sixteen is no exception.

    Are there not any good designers contributing to WP?

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    • Dave Warfel

      Ron, I will never understand why you would make such a derogatory statement towards a group of individuals who worked incredibly hard to produce something they are proud of, and provide no constructive criticism, or offer any helpful feedback.

      If you don’t like the theme(s), don’t use them. There are thousands of free themes in the directory, and hundreds more created every day by *other* talented WordPress designers.

      Better yet, get involved in the process of the new theme on the WordPress blog. You’d be pleasantly surprised how welcoming they are to user’s feedback (but you’ll want to be a little more polite).

      Aside from design, there is a lot to learn about theme development from each new theme that WordPress releases. What better place to learn best practices than from a group of WordPress theme designers themselves?

      And I totally understand if you don’t like the theme, but guess what? Last year’s sucky, bad default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is actively installed on more WordPress websites than any other theme in the repository.

      Someone likes it. A lot of someones.

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      • Brian Hogg

        *fist pump*

        Perfect reply :)

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      • Jessica

        Well done.

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      • Ron

        Ok. Constructive criticism.

        Your themes SUCK! Do better!

        Is that better?

        I use Divi anyways. No loss on my part. I would just have thought that the WP team would prefer to highlight what is possible – not what is the most boring.

        Just my opinion….and many others as well I’m sure.

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        • Miroslav Glavić

          Saying themes SUCK is NOT constructive.

          Why does it suck?
          How can they improve on the default theme?

          Just because YOU find it boring (0.00000000000001% of the WordPress community), doesn’t mean it is boring.

          WordPress community does not revolved around your needs. WordPress can’t please everyone.

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        • Miroslav Glavić

          If the WordPress Community revolves around ONE person, that person should be ME. That way i would be allowed to ask, how much lube will it be necessary to take the stick out of your a**.

          That is what I would tell people who say “theme” sucks (or core, or plugin). Coming from people who gave up their free time to try to please as many people, same people who accepted feedback during the process.

          Are you making any money out of WordPress? Is your site powered by WordPress? Yet all you can say is that they suck? Thousands of people give up their time FOR FREE and create themes and uploads. Throughout the process there are countless methods to contact them and the 466 people who contributed to WordPress 4.4. Yet you are ungrateful by saying “They all suck” I even copy/pasted from your comment above.

          I am eternally grateful/thankful to Matt Mullenweg and the WordPress Community, WordPress changed my life.

          I even got several replies over the years from Matt and even at an event in Toronto, Matt Mullenweg came up to me and said thank you for your contributions to WordPress and shook my hand.

          Yes Jeff, I know you will most likely delete this comment.

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      • Chris

        Well said.

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    • Seve

      I think you’re wrong.
      Basic themes are not something done for the show.

      Since TwentyTwelve, basic themes are ways to showcase new features. Differences between TwentyEleven and TwentyTwelve are huge. TwentyTwelve introduced responsive blogs (while TwentyThirteen introduced something no one cared for: brown shades of colors).
      Actually, technology didn’t get better last year, and so differences between TwentyFifteen and TwentySixteen are mostly behind the hood. That’s why apparently it sucks and is just ‘fifteen with the sidebar misplaced and the same author face all over the site again and again.
      While TwentySixteen sucks, for a very large number of issues (does ANYONE tried it with latin languages? Is li – ke writ i- ng wi – th hiccup -s ) it’s instead a perfect showcase of new functions like “responsive images that was already here”, “rest api: the beginning of an app store” and “embed post but install a plugin to avoid being quoted by Isis”. And don’t forget the uncanny ability to turn your blog YELLOW. There are a lotta people that want to stare a YELLOW page. And get blinded.

      A lot of people did efforts to give you a very powerfull theme you can use for almost any kind of cat blog. And if you don’t like it, just use another theme. And if someone stole your car, keep quiet and buy another one. Keep quiet, ’cause you don’t know how to build a car. The day you’ll build a car, you can talk about cars. Since that day, let a php coder tell you what’s right and what is not.

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  7. Summer

    Oooh. Okay, that new single template sounds like it’s just begging for me to play with it :)

    May have to explore disabling the WP embeds… not 100% sold on that one yet.

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  8. Danny Brown

    So I updated to 4.4, and the new oEmbed feature is nice. But…

    Were some features left out at the last minute? Not seeing Twenty Sixteen, for example – and it looks like the comment box is only at the top for non-logged in users?

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    • Knut Sparhell

      For upgraded installations Twenty Sixteen is available for installation through the theme installer or at https://wordpress.org/themes/twentysixteen/

      Only new installations get Twenty Sixteen bundeled in the installation package.

      This a new policy on new default themes.

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    • Knut Sparhell

      For logged-in users there is only a comment text box, and no name, email, or website fields. Other fields you see above(?) the comment box, for logged in users, has to be plugin/theme related.

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      • Danny Brown

        No, I get that – but wouldn’t it make sense to keep the “experience” the same? If I’m logged in, I need to scroll as per previous version of WP, if I want to get to the comment box (for argument’s sake, to make a broadcast update about the discussion). If I’m logged out, the box is at the top.

        So, from an effective use of time UX-wise, it could be quicker for me in logged-out stated to make an update using my normal signed-in credentials.
        Maybe I’m over-thinking, just seems an odd choice.

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        • mark k.

          ? Comments didn’t get much love for a long long time and there is probably much to improve with the UX. At least moving the important part of the comment to be higher is now done (if you are bored – my rant on this subject from 3 years ago – http://eng.marksw.com/2013/01/01/almost-all-wordpress-themes-suck-at-comment-form-design/)

          The problem with registered user commenting without being logged-in is that WordPress core do not know to associate the comment with the user and depending on your anti-spam policy the comment might need to be moderated.

          my solution (plugin here – http://shop.marksw.com/downloads/prevent-comment-impersonation-plugin/) is to actually force user login when the email address in the comment matches a registered user’s email. But this of course only half way solution to the problem you raise and there still needs to be a way for a logged in user to comment as someone else without logging out first.

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          • Danny Brown

            Good points. For me, personally, I’m not so bothered, as I use Epoch which does allow the comment box to be at the top (or you can simply hyperlink to the comment box, even if there are hundreds of comments). Although that still doesn’t really solve the logged-in/non-logged in issue you highlight.

            It never fails to amaze me that they don’t tie it back to your Gravatar/Wordpress.com account, if you have multiple emails addresses connected based on what types of blog you’re commenting on (or running).
            There could be a simple dropdown box that allows you to choose which email you wish to use – job done.

            Or am I missing something about this solution (for example, would the blog need to be running Jetpack comments)?

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  9. Sudhir Khanger

    Anyone feels like there is wastage of space in left. Since the title starts on left and article in middle it feels like something is out of order especially when you are farther down in the blow where there is empty space on both sides.

    PS:- Will I get replies to my comment if I don’t check the “Join the discussion via email.”

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  10. mark k.

    After playing (a little) with twentysixteen I have to agree about it being a meh.

    Other features are not inspiring at all for the casual blogger or SMB sites but some releases are just like that. The term meta API will become IMO the most used feature of this release and for me it is the main reason to upgrade (assuming people actually need a solid reason for that)

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  11. lukepettway

    Great job on this everyone! I’m really excited to see where all of this goes. Rachel Baker’s talk about templating with the REST API really inspired me to dig into it as deep as possible and I am looking forward to see what type of REST themes people come up with!

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  12. Steve Hardaway

    oEmbed looks pretty promising. I’m happy also about the Different image sizes. Looking forward to looking under the hood of this one!

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  13. jarrod

    Anyone else testing out 4.4 getting “wp-includes\js\utils.min.js” flagged for a trojan script (using Bitdefender)?

    Found a topic in the wp support forums too:

    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/trojan-on-my-sites-on-admin-screens?replies=5

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  14. Peter Cralen

    After some trying Twenty sixteen, removed 1 meter of padding from all sides and currently I am a happy user of that theme. Looks cool, clean and it’s relatively fast.

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  15. Daniel Cornell

    I’m fairly new to WordPress and not tech-savvy at all, so I apologize for using layman terms here. I’m having all sorts of problems ever since the auto update to 4.4. When I hover over something in the dashboard menu on the left (e.g., Posts), the submenu does not come up (e.g., All Posts, Add New, etc.). When I click Add New Theme, there are no themes shown. It is just blank. Clicking on certain things does nothing (e.g., Screen Options at the top does nothing). The support threads seem so congested I don’t even know where to begin. I’m having the same problems on any browser I try. I have deactivated every plugin with no success. I cannot change themes (since my themes menu is just blank as noted above). I have not heard anyone say that they are experiencing these same types of problems. Any suggestions to get me going in the right direction?

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    • Phil

      You could try clearing your browser cache. If it still doesn’t work after that, try deactivating all plugins temporarily. One of them could be causing the bug.

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  16. Emily

    Trying to upgrade to WP4.4 but it fails each time. Cannot manually upgrade either – help!

    Website due to go live in 2016

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